from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A political philosophy maintaining that all persons are the absolute owners of their own lives, and should be free to do whatever they wish with their persons or property, provided they allow others the same liberty
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Libertarian principles or doctrines.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principles or doctrines of the libertarians.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ideological belief in freedom of thought and speech
As far as political strategery goes, Yglesias's article is perfectly correct as a critique of what he calls libertarianism-that is, the sort of thing engaged in by soft limited-govermentalist outfits like Cato or the Libertarian Party.
So, look: if you are going to argue that libertarianism is BAD when a voting majority, or whoever happens to be in power in a dictatorship, is inclined to use the government to help minorities, you have to acknowledge that libertarianism is GOOD when a voting majority or the folks in power is inclined to use its power to hurt minorities.
David Bernstein: But less cheap, or certainly no more cheap, than the insinuation, seen here and on other threads, that libertarianism is somehow either responsible for, or an intentional accommodation to, racism, ...,
That hardly suggests that libertarianism is a cure-all for racial discrimination.
That hardly suggests that libertarianism is a cure-all for racial discrimination
If the libertarian is convinced that the private individual is free to treat others differently, what in libertarianism compels that the government may not do so?
From that I conclude libertarianism is not meant to be taken seriously as a free-standing system of government, but rather as a critique of governments of other sorts.
But less cheap, or certainly no more cheap, than the insinuation, seen here and on other threads, that libertarianism is somehow either responsible for, or an intentional accommodation to, racism, because a consistent libertarian would permit private parties to engage in discrimination (along with a huge variety of other acts) without government intervention.
What I was taking exception to was the silly statement that all libertarianism is about is smoking pot.
This passage suggets that libertarianism is not only more closely aligned with conservatism than is liberalism, but that indeed no libertarians are “left of center.”